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Jay Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ Easily Keeps its Crown

Jay Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ Easily Keeps its Crown
Lacking any serious new competition, Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” held onto the No. 1 post on the U.S. album chart last week despite a large erosion in sales.

The rapper’s Roc Nation collection shifted 129,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending July 21. Numbers reflected a 76% drop-off from the set’s debut-week sales of 528,000, which was the year’s second-biggest opening to date.

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ “The Blessed Unrest” (Epic) had to settle for No. 2, arriving with first-week sales of 68,000. Her last album, “Kaleidoscope Heart,” reached No. 1 with a 90,000-unit tally in 2010.

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In at No. 3 was the 24th installment of Razor & Tie’s long-running “Kidz Bop” series, which turned 62,000 copies. The current package contains moppet-friendly versions of hits by the Lumineers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and others.

Florida rapper Ace Hood attained his best chart position to date with “Trials & Tribulations” (Cash Money), which ascended to No. 4 with 34,000 shifted. His previous personal best came in 2011 with “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” which peaked at No. 8 behind a 26,000-unit frame.

Holdovers for the week included Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s to the Good Times” (No. 5, 31,000 sold, off 5%), Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (No. 6, 28,000, down 15%), J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” (No. 7, 27,000, off 32%) and Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (No. 9, 24,000, up 33%). Timberlake’s album sold just 24 units more than Simpson’s debuting collection, according to SoundScan.

article by Christopher Morris via Variety.com

Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Tops Billboard Charts, Without Samsung’s Help

jAY Z attends JAY Z and Samsung Mobile's celebration of the Magna Carta Holy Grail album, available now through a customized app in Google Play and Samsung Apps exclusively for Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III and Note II users on July 3, 2013 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Samsung)
Jay-Z attends JAY-Z and Samsung Mobile’s celebration of the Magna Carta Holy Grail album, available now through a customized app in Google Play and Samsung Apps exclusively for Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III and Note II users on July 3, 2013 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Samsung)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s new album has sold more than 500,000 units its first week.  Nielsen SoundScan said late Tuesday that preliminary data shows that “Magna Carta Holy Grail” moved about 527,000 copies. It will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week.  The album was officially released on July 7. Samsung bought and gave 1.2 million copies of the album to Galaxy mobile phone users on July 4. Billboard is not counting those sales on its charts.

“Magna Carta” has the second-best first-week debut of the year after Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience.” The album features Timberlake, Beyonce, Frank Ocean and Timbaland.  Jay-Z’s 12th album had more than 14 million streams in its first week on Spotify, beating a record that Daft Punk set in May with “Random Access Memories.”

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Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Gotta Feeling’ Breaks Digital Sales Record

By Keith Caulfield, L.A.

The Black Eyed Peas continue to steamroll their way into the record books this week. The group’s “I Gotta Feeling” surpasses Flo Rida’s “Low” as the best-selling digital song of all time, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

SoundScan began tracking digital song sales in July of 2003, a little more than two months after Apple launched its popular iTunes Store.
Feeling,” which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last year, has now sold 5,561,000 million digital downloads, ahead of “Low’s” 5,536,000. The latter had been the biggest selling song since March 2008, when it trumped Soulja Boy Tell’em’s 2007 hit “Crank That.”

Presently, the Peas own two out of the top five best-selling digital songs in history. Its other ubiquitous 2009 hit, “Boom Boom Pow,” is in fourth place with 5,298,000. Behind Flo Rida is Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” (No. 3 with 5,364,000) and rounding out the top five is Gaga again with “Poker Face” (5,131,000).
Coincidentally, “Boom Boom Pow,” “Poker Face,” “Just Dance” and “I Gotta Feeling” ranked as the top four singles, respectively, on Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart last year.